BA

International Politics / History

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Key Facts

Code LVF1
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBB with B in any subject

  • Course Length

    3 Years

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International Politics with History is the perfect combination for those seeking to understand the evolution of political, social and economic world we live in today. It blends the expertise and courses of two departments allowing for a range of module choices and areas and study. The scheme allows students to reflect on key questions such as how did the international political structures that govern us evolve and why did they take the form they did? How relations between states, between societies, and between peoples changed and what are been the central factors shaping those developments? Students will also learn about how politics and history has and is studied and the evolution of key ideas and concepts in politics, history, international relations and historiography. Choosing to study for a degree in International Politics and History at Aberystwyth University you will be a part of an energetic and lively community in one of the best departments of its kind in the UK.

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

Top 10 in the UK for Teaching Quality and Student Experience for the subject of Politics (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)

Department of International Politics: 95% student satisfaction (NSS 2018)

94% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months after graduating. (HESA 2018*)

Department of History and Welsh History: 91% student satisfaction (NSS 2018)

99% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 6% more than Historical & Philosophical studies graduates nationally (HESA 2018*)

Overview

Why study International Politics and History at Aberystwyth?

  • The Department of International Politics is ranked in the top 40 in the world for academic reputation. (QS, 2017).
  • You will be a student in  the world’s first department of international politics, founded in 1919 after the end of World War I to help the world understand the world.
  • In the latest National Student Survey, the department of International Politics was ranked top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction for the subject area of Politics (NSS 2017) and research excellence (REF 2014).
  • Students on this course will be mentored and guided by lecturers who are enthusiastic, committed in providing you with an outstanding and dynamic learning environment.
  • All students will have the opportunity to participate in our renowned ‘Crisis Games’; a three day role playing exercise in political, economic and diplomatic manoeuvre, developing negotiation and communication, critical thinking, team work, and problem-solving skills.  
  • The Department operates a prestigious Parliamentary Placement Scheme, enabling you to gain valuable experience working alongside an MP (House of Commons, Westminster) or an AM (Welsh Assembly, Cardiff) for a period of 4-6 weeks during the summer. During this time you will write reports and speeches, undertake research projects, and respond to constituency issues. There may be further opportunities for you to get involved in elections and various international issues.
  • The Department also has an International Student Exchange Programme based on close links with carefully selected universities in Europe, Asia, North America and Australia, offering you an excellent opportunity to expand your academic and social horizons by spending a part of your university experience abroad.
  • The Department is also home to Interstate, the oldest student-run international politics journal in the United Kingdom, providing a unique opportunity for you to publish your work (particularly advantageous if you wish to progress to postgraduate study) or gain valuable experience working as part of the editorial team.Stimulating student societies foster a strong sense of community within the department, offering a programme of political debates, visiting speakers, conferences and workshops, alongside numerous social activities such as an annual ball.
  • Last, but not least, the Department also offers a number of degree schemes and modules taught entirely or partially through the medium of Welsh. Further details may be obtained from the Department.
Our Staff

Lecturers in the Department of International Politics are all research active and qualified to PhD level, and most also have a PGCHE.

Department of History and Welsh History lecturers are all qualified to PhD level, and most also have a PGCHE.

Modules

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Behind The Headlines * IP12620 20
Exploring The International 1: Central Concepts And Core Skills * IP12420 20
History For Life * HY12320 20
Introduction To History * HY12120 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Medieval And Early Modern Britain And Europe, 1000-1800 HY11420 20
The Modern World, 1789 To The Present HY11820 20
Europe And The World, 1000-2000 HY12420 20
People, Power And Identity: Wales 1200-1999 WH11720 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
International Relations: Perspectives And Debates * IP20120 20
Making History * HY20120 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
A Century Of Conflict: Global Warfare 1918–2018 IQ25920 20
Between Revolution And Reform: China Since 1800 HY28520 20
Britain And Ireland: War, Politics And Security From The Act Of Union To The 21st Century IP28820 20
Churchill’s Wars: From The Age Of Empire To The Cold War IQ25820 20
Contemporary Civil-military Relations: Critical And Comparative Approaches IQ25420 20
Contemporary Us Foreign Policy IQ22220 20
Crime And Daily Life In Early Modern England And Wales HY22320 20
Culture, Society And The Victorians HY29320 20
Economic Diplomacy And Leadership IQ24320 20
European Security In 21st Century IP23620 20
Exploring Nineteenth-century Exhibitions HY24620 20
From Poor Law To Welfare State: Poverty And Welfare In Modern Britain, 1815-1948 HY29220 20
Germany Since 1945 HY29620 20
Global Inequality And World Politics IQ24120 20
Global Politics And The Refugee Regime IQ25520 20
High Medieval Europe, C.950-c.1250 HY22120 20
History As Myth-making: The 'myth Of The Blitz' HY23420 20
Image Wars In Southeast Asia: Studying 20th Century Propaganda HY23720 20
International Politics And Global Development IP29220 20
Interpreting The Contemporary Heritage Of The British Isles, 1960-1980 HY20220 20
Military History Campaign Study Research Paper IQ25320 20
Modern Japan: From Samurai To Salary Men HY29820 20
Modern Welsh Society, 1868-1950 WH24420 20
Nationalism In Theory And Practice * IP29920 20
People And Power: Understanding Comparative Politics Today IQ23920 20
Political Theory IP22220 20
Refugee Simulation IQ25620 20
Russian Security In The 21st Century IP21820 20
Spies At War IQ21320 20
Strategy, Intelligence And Security In International Politics IQ25120 20
The Arab-israeli Wars IP21320 20
The Century Of The Superpowers And The Global Cold War IQ25220 20
The European Reformation HY26520 20
The Politics And Paradoxes Of International Organisations IQ26020 20
Wales Under The Tudors * WH23520 20
War Crimes IQ25720 20
Warfare After Waterloo: Military History 1815-1918 IP25320 20
Women And Global Development IP29620 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
A Century Of Conflict: Global Warfare 1918-2018 IQ35920 20
Between Revolution And Reform: China Since 1800 HY38520 20
Britain And Ireland: War, Politics And Security From The Act Of Union To The 21st Century IP38820 20
Churchill’s Wars: From The Age Of Empire To The Cold War IQ35820 20
Contemporary Civil-military Relations: Critical And Comparative Approaches IQ35420 20
Contemporary Us Foreign Policy IQ32220 20
Culture, Society And The Victorians HY39320 20
Dissertation * IP30040 40
Economic Diplomacy And Leadership IQ34320 20
European Security In The 21st Century IP33620 20
Fear, Cooperation And Trust In World Politics IQ32920 20
From Poor Law To Welfare State: Poverty And Welfare In Modern Britain, 1815-1948 HY39220 20
Germany Since 1945 HY39620 20
Global Inequality And World Politics IQ34120 20
Global Politics And The Refugee Regime IQ35520 20
High Medieval Europe, C.950-c.1250 HY32120 20
Modern Japan: From Samurai To Salary Men HY39820 20
Modern Welsh Society, 1868-1950 WH34420 20
Nationalism In Theory And Practice * IP39920 20
Political Theory IP32220 20
Refugee Simulation IQ35620 20
Russian Security In The 21st Century IP31820 20
Spies At War IQ31320 20
The Arab Israeli Wars IP31320 20
The Century Of The Superpowers And The Global Cold War IQ35220 20
The European Reformation HY36520 20
The Politics And Paradoxes Of International Organisations IQ36020 20
Wales Under The Tudors * WH33520 20
War Crimes IQ35720 20
Women And Global Development IP39620 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Employability

What are our graduates doing now? 

Graduates from our department have pursued careers in: 

  • The Civil Service;
  • Security Service;
  • Government Research department; 
  • Public Affairs;
  • Education; 
  • Social Research.

What opportunities are there for me whilst studying at University?

Employability is embedded across our teaching. We teach our students to aim for the career they want, not the job that they can get.

  • The Department operates a prestigious Parliamentary Placement scheme, enabling you to gain valuable experience working alongside an MP (House of Commons, Westminster) or an AM (Welsh Assembly, Cardiff) for a period of 4-6 weeks during the summer. During this time, you will write reports and speeches, undertake research projects, and respond to constituency issues. There may be further opportunities for you to get involved in elections and various international issues.
  • The Department is also home to Interstate, the oldest student-run international politics journal in the United Kingdom, providing a unique opportunity for you to publish your work (particularly advantageous if you wish to progress to postgraduate study) or gain valuable experience working as part of the editorial team. Stimulating student societies foster a strong sense of community within the department, offering a programme of political debates, visiting speakers, conferences and workshops, alongside numerous social activities such as an annual ball.

What skills will acquire if I studied Politics and Modern History at Aberystwyth University?

Studying for a degree in International Politics will equip you with a range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. These include:

• the ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form;
• effective problem-solving and creative thinking skills;
• the ability to work independently;
• time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines;
• self-motivation and self-reliance;
• team-working, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement;
• research skills.

What work experience opportunities exist whilst studying? 

Click here to find out about the various opportunities that our Aberystwyth University Careers team offer. 

Enhance your employability prospects with GO Wales and YES (Year in Employment Scheme) managed by our Careers department. 

Teaching & Learning

What will I learn?

The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the three year degree scheme.

In your first year you will discover topics such as:  

  • The development and progress of international relations during the twentieth century;
  • Central approaches to the study of international relations;
  • The different methodologies to the analysis of topical issues in world politics;
  • War, Strategy and Intelligence.

In your second and third years you will issues such as:

  • Political theories and concepts;
  • Intelligence and security;
  • Cold War & twentieth century history;
  • European History;
  • Military History since 1800;
  • 20th and 21st century Warfare;
  • Welsh History;
  • The conflict and post conflict reconstruction;
  • Asian history;
  • History and politics of the Middle East;
  • Key political and historical developments in the USA and Russia.

How will I be taught?

We deliver this degree through the medium of lectures and seminars.

We will assign you a personal tutor who will be with you throughout your degree, this person will help you any problems whether these are academic-related or personal issues.

We assess our students through essays, reports, examinations, book reviews, learning logs and presentations.

We encourage our students to take part in the Crisis Games, which is a yearly residential activity away from Aberystwyth. Crisis games have been based on humanitarian crises, the Northern Ireland peace process, the US presidential election, war between Russia and Georgia. The Crisis Games will allow you to learn about aspects of international politics which cannot be taught in lectures and seminars, especially the constraints which political leaders face in responding to various crises. This is no doubt, the highlight of the year.

Student Views

I love the International Politics course, because it's a subject that attracts a wide range of people both from around the UK and internationally, meaning you meet a wide range of people and opinions. The seminars allow for great discussion and learning, and the lectures themselves are interesting with just as interesting lecturers! Roxy Taylor

The Department of International Politics has provided me with a new-found understanding of the world through modules on issues surrounding concepts of globalisation to the lives of women in the Third World. With experts in so many fields it is great having such an approachable set of tutors. My three years here at Aberystwyth have been educational as well as enjoyable and I would recommend studying here to anyone. Hannah Mitchell

Great lecturers, great building, great people on the course! Matthew David Bold

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Typical Entry Requirements

A Levels BBB with B in any subject

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
DMM-DDM

International Baccalaureate:
28 points overall

European Baccalaureate:
70-75% overall

The University operates an inclusive admissions policy and our offers can vary. Please refer to our country-specific pages for details of the international qualifications we accept. For further information, contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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